Several major British companies, including British Airways, Boots, and the BBC, have reported that tens of thousands of their employees had their personal data compromised in a hack by a Russian-speaking criminal gang. The data breach was caused by an unknown weakness in software used by Zellis, a UK payroll provider, which according to the Financial Times (£), serves nearly half of FTSE 100 companies. Employees' names, dates of birth, and National Insurance numbers were affected.
The hack is expected to spread to the US and potentially ensnare more victims, highlighting the vulnerability of many companies to cyber attacks targeting weaknesses in their software supply chain. British Airways, which was previously fined for leaking customer data, has promised to provide support and advice to relevant staff.
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